Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Elbows to the Grindstone…

As of late, Mr. Peacock has noticed some of his favorite jackets and shirts are showing some wear on the elbows—specifically the right elbow. It's probably from rubbing my elbow on my desktop when I use the computer mouse. I guess I need to add some elbow patches.

The past few years have seen a revival in elbow pads in menswear. For some of us peacocks, however, elbow pads have always been a mainstay in our wardrobes.

Elbow patches began as a strictly functional repair—a way to hide wear and tear on jackets, shirts or sweaters. Over time they became mere decoration...and somewhat of a cliché...think of a pipe-smoking gent in a tweedy jacket with oval suede elbow patches standing by a fireplace. The elbow patches of today are far from cliché, and aren’t limited to just oval swatches of suede.

This jacket is traditional tweed, but the elongated rectangle elbow patches are very modern.

This corduroy blazer with suede elbow patches is a classic piece—and I love the lining too!

Mr. Peacock loves this modernized tweed hunting jacket with beautiful pocket detailing...

...and elbow patches. It's at the top of my holiday wish list! (here's another tweed jacket—with tweed elbow pads).

You won’t feel like Mr. Rodgers in this simple and elegant camel colored wool cardigan sweater with leather patches. It's also available in navy.

This slim red cardigan with leather buttons and suede elbow patches and would be festive this season.

Mr. Peacock likes the contrasting red wool buffalo plaid elbow pads on this navy crew knit sweater.

Here’s a navy merino wool turtleneck with elbow patches.

This vintage inspired Pendleton shirt with suede elbow pads looks cozy.

Another vintage inspired shirt with elbow pads.

Buffalo plaid is given a different twist as a rugby shirt with elbow pads.

You can find ready-made elbow patches at your local fabric store and sew them onto your own garments—or have a tailor sew them on for you.

Remember to keep your elbows to the grindstone and stay warm!

27 comments:

Grant K. Gibson said...

I ADORE the elbow patch!

MJ said...

Mistress MJ needs knee patches.

jon said...

i just bought that same pendleton shirt when i was i seattle last month! and it was the elbow patches that sold it for me! viva la elbow patch!

Scott Fazzini said...

Mr. P.-
I'm absolutely MAD about elbow patches! I've got many, many articles sporting the dapper, practical embellishment. Just recently I acquired a vintage sweater with hand sewn elbow patches... very cute.

wecouldgrowup2gether said...

im too little, i can never find something with an elbow patch that could fit me!

gift to the Philippines said...

This is cool!

~Ashley~

LENORENEVERMORE said...

May this holiday season bring you much more joy for your creative life MrP!
& be yours always~
XO* as always

pve design said...

I had a cord jacket with patches that I wore lots. I love patches on elbows!
Happy 2010 to you!
pve

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Fashion Photographer said...

Love the red cardigan! I would definitely wear something like that

Jonathan said...

elbow patches are the second best part of a good pendleton flannel...the first being the absolutely supreme quality of their wool. new are just as good, but i've had the best luck raiding my grandfather's closet for some gentle worn pieces. viva new england grandfathers and their amazing wardrobes.

The Thrifters said...

Love them Mr Peacock just love them...good job...Daniel

Jill said...

Miss you!

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Laura [What I Like] said...

Love them on the red cardigan...I was forced to apply some elbow patches to a fraying wool sweater once and have gotten no end of compliments on them since!

jason said...

Like Jill said, miss you.

Your elbows must be firmly on the grindstone right now, methinks.

LENORENEVERMORE said...

Hope you are doing well darling!
miss you~
take care okie*

Anonymous said...

Mr Rogers is an icon of kindliness if not fashion, a person could do a lot worse than to feel like him.

Thombeau said...

Wherefore art thou, Mr. Peacock??? Hoping all is well...

Aron said...

Nice one. I need some for a sweater of mine

healthy kitchen said...

elbow patches on jackets, suits, and cardis have this vintage appeal to me.

Maris said...

These elbow patches look so cool and they're functional, too!

Ms. Blooming tea said...

I just love those elbow patches. :)

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